Ethan's address in Mexico

Elder Ethan Schaeffer Runyan
Mexico Tuxtla Gutierrez Mission
Calle Jazmines #210
Fracc. Los Laureles
29020 Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas

Monday, December 8, 2014

1 Transfer Down 14 To Go!

Well this week absolutely flew by! i am super stoked and now I have completed 1/8th of my mission. Woah... Slow down...

Sweet week though!

Tuesday : Woke up and Elder Bradshaw and Elder Mena came over to practice taking initiative in lessons. Its a really hard thing to do when you dont know spanish, and i guess its hard to do when you know spanish too. I cant imagine how hard this would be if i hadnt studied the scriptures like i did in the MTC.... Then we went out and taught a lesson to Hno. Armando and i took the initiative like crazy! KILLED THAD SPIDE. (homis shoutout) and then we went and taught Hna Flor which went really well, and we helped her decorate her christmas tree with her grandkids. I really needed that! Thats a shoutout to you grandma! Then we taught a couple other lessons to a few new investigators, and one we just taught sitting on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere... Then one of our investigators brought a friend to the noche hogar and they both said they really liked it when they left!!!

Wednesday : REUNIÓN DE LA ZONA! Headed out early to zone conf in Chahuites. what a fun time that was!!! So we are doign this whole worldwide thing called "el es la Dádiva" or "He is the gift" as you might know it there. All the way through january 18th we will be focusing on this message of how christ was a gift to us and the biggest gift we will ever recieve. The goal is to strengthen peoples testimonies of Jesus Christ and to ultimately share it with everyone in the entire world. Also from what we have heard, The church has purchased the most expensive billboard real estate in history to display this message throughout the duration of this campaign. I would like to challenge each of you to go and find out what it means to you. Its a little hard here becasue the people arent very bright, and they dont even know what  the word Dádiva means. So yeah. But our mission goal is 400 baptisims in that time period. Well I have a surprize for that one in one of the other days... and then we got choco bananas again. (shoutout to the crew) and i got two packages! One from Holly Gardner, and one from Greta Anderson. None others yet... :( I hope they get here in time for the reunion in ariaga. Also we bought these goat hove whips for $5. that was cool. 

Thursday : Got up early to do my laundry and Hno. Armando was out shoveling gravel so i went and helped him for a good half hour while lopez slept becasue his skuliosys or however you spell that was hurting really bad. It sucks typing here becasue all of the computers try to correct it into spanish... andyway, It felt super good doing service. Then we practiced contacting with "la dádiva" and a few other things. Super cool.Then i went on splits with elder mena for the day. It went pretty decent. We went to reforma and tried for some appointments pero nadie fue esta... So we went back to ixhuatan and had a couple of pretty chill appointments. Then we had a noche hogar con hno victor y hna alejandra and all of thier familia. It was super cool. We learned how to speak a bunch of zapoteco and also learned how to pray in zapoteco. Its nuts... There are so many languages here... Zapoteco legit sounds like a mix of french and doctor suess... CRAZY!

Friday : Slept in for a while becasue i was up, double dragoning for a solid half hour at 3 am. fun. I was also so exhausted that I didnt wash out my mouth and nose very well, and the dragon breath (shoutout to drag) just sat and brewed in my nostrils and lingered for the rest of the day. That stuff is stronger than altoids. Then we had breakfast kinda with hno Armando and it was tamales with iguana... Strrangely good. Maybe the weirdest thing that i have eaten thus far... It was like super chewy( like hard gum) meat that came as a full package with the head and parts of the tail including the vertebrae and the skin. Like scales. Tough to chew but not half bad. THen we went to go teach one of our investigators and she answered the door topless... So needless to say she went and put some clothes on... People these days.. Dirty spides... Then we got rejected about a million times by people because "Oh no. Somos catholicos." It doesnt matter. Thats not the point. We are trying to help you come closer to christ... Then we taught the guitar class and that was fun as always but hard becasue people here arent musically talented at all. They cant carry a tune in a camelback.... That pretty friggen eazy. Overall super difficult day with a bad stomach ache, crazy headache, heat flashes, sucking up a runny nose that tastes like vomit, walking for over 5 hours straight, in 100+ degree weather, and getting yelled at and getting doors slammed in our faces. But thats not what makes a day good or bad. Its your attitude. You can let it drag you down as the dust of the earth or you can keep a good attitude and remember that as you do this you are standing shoulder to shoulder with Jesus. Let god give you strenght and he will. Let him in. I am still happy as can be at the end of this day. Remember that.

Saturday : well not much happened other than we had 3 BAPTISIMS TODAY!!! Two twins and thier grandma!!! And Elder Bradshaw and I did a musical number which cosited of the flute, guitar, and singing in two languages. Absolutely killer. Then we staed after for a while and i was just messing around playing stuff that i wrote and stuff that i know and a crowd gathered. People are absolutely in awe here. I dont think i am really that good though... 

Sunday : Started off with church which is always good, and i bore my testimony this time but way better. Neato. Well we caught, killed and ate an armadillo. Its the second time i have eaten it. It is good but the process is a little weird... Then we went to the church for ever and tried to watch the Christmas devo from the conference center and it didnt work super well becasue the internet here is slower than snail snot. Then came home and konked out. 

Today : Got a call from the assistants to the prez and recieved news about transfers!
I am not getting transferred and niether is Elder Mena, but Lopez and Bradshaw are and My new comp starting tomorrow at about 3 is going to be Elder Taufa who is a tongan who lives in arizona!!! #stoked!!!!! Also sad for lopez to leave, but life is life. It was fun, and a memory i will never forget.

Scripture of the week : Isaiah 43:1-5 Read it. Pray about it. Ponder it. Act upon what you discover.

But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
Te amo todo!

I might be on for a lil while today, so HMU!!!

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